Mataley Rogers (my mother) in her High School yearbook, member of Glee Club, age 16 (San Antonio, Texas)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

who knows Sepia Saturday

I can't figure out a thing that relates to the picture Alan has given us.
So here I am again, browsing through old photos, wondering what you'd like to see...since it's obviously going to be some other topic completely!  I'll add this to a great group of photos on Sepia Saturday


It's June 1955.  Our family has a new Studebaker (the brand we always drove while I was young).

On the left is my grandfather Poppy, then my sister Mary Beth, and then myself around 13 years old.  Not sure what water is behind us.  But it may have been his and my grandmother's first visit to St. Louis, in which case we probably took them to see the locks on the Mississippi.  In the right hand picture, I'm playing like I'm driving.

Other women would have been my grandmother and mother, of course.

Don't you love those white wall tires?


20 comments:

Hazel Ceej said...

Glad you mentioned white wall tires. I wouldn't have noticed that detail.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

That is a neat car! I enjoyed your pictures and memories.

Kathy M.

ScotSue said...

I have never seen a car with white tyres before - would soon turn to mucky grey or black here in Scotland.

Wendy said...

Those are SOME tires. They typically meant more work when it came to washing the car.

Mike Burnett said...

White walled tyres, reminded me of crepe soled suede shoes

Like the Amaryllis

imagespast said...

What a great-looking car, but it looks enormous! Jo

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

Thanks for all your comments, for some reason I can't write direct replies to you on this particular blog. If you know what I should turn on in order to do so, let me know, please. Mike, I never wore crepe soled suede shoes, must have been a guy thing...eh? But I did love Elvis' song about Blue Suede Shoes!
The white walls were probably well tended by my dad, who loved keeping his car pristine, no matter what the roads (and us girls) threw at it.

Alan Burnett said...

After reading through so many "theme" posts, it is always a delight to come across a non-themer. Oh I remember when cars were prized possessions rather than things to take us from A to B.

Peter said...

Those white tires were very fashionable here (in Holland). But only on those big American cars like the Chevrolet Bel Air and the Chevvy Impala

Bob Scotney said...

A great car, tires as well.

Brett Payne said...

This photo format has me intrigued. I assume the outfit that processed the film provided the mounts, but they seem very characteristic of that 1950s era. Thanks for sharing them.

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

These are actual photos taken in 1955. Just ran them through a scanner at the same time, thus they became one digital shot. You've got a good eye!

Brett Payne said...

Thanks Barbara. Is that pattern around the edge part of a mount on which the photographic prints are pasted, or do the photos slot in behind the mount? I'm intersted in the size of both mount and photo, as it may be possible to determine the size of the negative from that, and thus the type of camera used to take the photographs.

Postcardy said...

I like the patterned border on the prints. The ones I have seen before with that type of border are earlier than the 1950s. If you look at the corners, you can see the name Fox Co.

Wikipedia has an article on Fox Photo.

Karen S. said...

oops not sure if my comment made it through- so here it is again! You did great by picking these photos! I also couldn't imagine trying to keep those white side walls clean!

Brett Payne said...

Thanks for pointing that out Postcardy. Barbara, would these photos have been processed at Fox Co's store in Hartford, Connecticut?

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

Hi you all, who know much more about vintage photos than I do. But yes, I remember Fox photo shops in Texas, but not really in St. Louis, where these were taken. I think the last time I used one was in Houston, but I know we used them to develop and print film in San Antonio also. The border is actually part of the print. I think I've seen a Fox shop somewhere in Colorado too...do hope they're still in business.

Brett Payne said...

Ah I see Postcardy meant this Fox Co, which sounds like a much better candidate. One learns new things every day!

Thanks for the location, Barbara - not having lived in the US, I'm slowly piecing things together :)

Little Nell said...

Oh yes, playing at driving; didn't we all do that?

TICKLEBEAR said...

That is one fine car!!
And that is very much Sepia!!
Thanks for sharing these.
:)~
HUGZ